Elgin Area School Board Taking Heat For Hiring New Administrator

ELGIN, Ill. (CBS) — Members of the Elgin Area U-46 school board got an earful from angry parents who are questioning a decision to hire a “chief of equity and social justice.”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Julie Mann reports, the role of the new administrator is overcome the educational gaps and foster racial equity in what is the state’s second largest school system, according to the Daily Herald.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Julie Mann reports

The annual salary for the administrator is $120,000.

But a handful of parents and community members believe the new hire is absurd, and a waste of money. They say the financial woes at the district are cutting school programs and staffing levels, and increasing class sizes, the Daily Herald reported.

Board members, however, defended their decision to hire new equity and social justice chief Ushma Shah, the newspaper reported.

They contended that the district is legally obligated to educate every student, and when such is not happening, it needs to be scrutinized.

  • jack

    at $120,000 – what’s this person going to do – make sure kids of all colors are treated fairly – Hey Elgin School Board – who’s relative is this new person – you all are greedy pigs – you have never cared about the kids, will never care for the kids and with the 120K you are wasting – you all deserve to get kicked off of your cush spots on the board

    Freedom of Information – I want to know who is related to this person (spouse, cousin, girlfriend, boyfriend, sugar mama, sugar daddy)

    I dare you to tell us

    • Steve

      Who cares? Life is all about who you know!!!

  • Right

    Either way it’s going to be more handouts and special treatment for blacks and browns on the backs of white taxpayers. Only cps is worse.

    • jack

      the special treatment is going to the school board – kids will get nothing except a lecture to treat each other with respect

      by the way – the whites taxpayers are minority in the U46 school district which is why the district need state money so bad

      • GM

        Yeah, but they pay the majority of the taxes.

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